About

Our Vision
MidTown Cleveland is a connected community in the center of it all, an inclusive place for people to innovate, create, prosper, and live.

Our Mission
MidTown Cleveland, Inc. leverages its diverse assets to develop a dynamic neighborhood that unites the city's downtown and innovation districts.  

Our Values
Accountability: We believe in taking responsibility for achieving results for the organization and neighborhood.
Collaboration: We believe in partnering with organizations to pursue shared goals that produce greater impact.
Community: We believe in building bridges and making connections with people.
Equity: We believe in supporting actions that create equitable access, opportunities, treatment, and outcomes for all.
Innovation: We believe in constant experimentation and trying new things.
Integrity: We believe in honesty, transparency, and delivering on our promises.
Urgency: We believe in the relentless determination to succeed now.

Our History
Visionary leadership conceives what is possible, and is unwavering in the pursuit of it. Energized by a desire to turn MidTown into a thriving business district once again, Morton L. Mandel, G. Robert Klein and Thomas H. Roulston led a group of local business leaders to establish MidTown Corridor, known today as MidTown Cleveland, Inc., more than three decades ago to address the crime, vice, and poor appearance that jeopardized area commerce. The newly formed economic development corporation effectively united the MidTown community to contribute time, talent and financial support to improve the area’s safety and visual quality.

The public-private strategy embraced by the founders provided additional funding and awareness so that meaningful progress could be achieved. Strong relationships forged with City of Cleveland and State of Ohio officials, as well as philanthropic entities, augmented MidTown’s visibility and gained support for the organization’s economic development efforts.

Addressing the challenges of MidTown’s past has encouraged a vibrant future marked by reinvestment exceeding $750 million. The organization’s legacy of leadership, made possible through the financial and volunteer support of member organizations as well as funding from local foundations and government programs, sustains the ongoing evolution of the MidTown Business and Urban District and fuels the provision of member services. This collective cooperation enables MidTown Cleveland, Inc. to positively impact more than 800 businesses and 2,000 residents daily, advocating for their interests and guiding area development.

Founding Chairman
Morton L. Mandel - Parkwood Corporation

2016-2017 Board of Trustees
Lloyd Bell - Meaden & Moore - Chairman

Bob Brown - City of Cleveland/Consultant
Paul Deutsch - Bialosky Cleveland
Sharon El-Amin - Dealer Tire, LLC
Paul Federico - Greater Cleveland Partnership
Jon Ferrell - Infinity Construction
Matt Fitzsimmons - Nicola, Gudbranson & Cooper, LLC
Pam Gill - Recovery Resources
Marie Graf - Graf Consultants
Ethan Karp - MAGNET
Jay Lucarelli - Minute Men Staffing Services
Stephanie McHenry - Cleveland State University - Treasurer
Craig Melnick - Applied Industrial Technologies - Vice Chair
Tim Miller - Abeona Therapeutics Inc.
Elizabeth Newman - Center for Families and Children
Michael Niro - Nestle USA
Frank H. Porter, Jr - Central Cadillac - Emeritus Chair
Darnella Robertson - Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District
Jerome Rothenberg - Jencen Architecture
Matthew Salmon - PNC Bank - Secretary
Barney Taxel - Taxel Image Group
Maria Thompson - Third Federal
Michael R. White - Mandel Foundation


(Executive Committee)